Lt. Governor Zuckerman Celebrates National Hunger Action Day and Senior Month
As part of National Senior Month and Hunger Action Day, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman visited with Twin Valley Seniors in East Montpelier. Statistics show 1 in 6 older adults struggle with hunger and senior centers make a difference. Twin Valley Senior Center provides over 190 meals each week to the homebound as part of their Meals on Wheels program. At the Center approximately 270 seniors are fed the same nutritional meal that the home bound residents receive. The socialization, both at the Center and at the door, helps to relieve isolation and loneliness which is very important for the aging population.
“It was wonderful to deliver meals to Vermonters and talk to them about the impact Meals on Wheels has in their lives,” said Lt. Governor Zuckerman. “Mary Lou and Roy Potter welcomed me, and after sharing their excitement about a pending family visit, talked about the importance of the meals they receive, one factor making it possible for them to remain in their home of almost 50 years.”
“Meals on Wheels provides more than just nutrition to our area seniors,” explained Executive Director Rita Copeland. “Volunteers helping to feed their neighbors is the definition of Vermont community and it benefits us all in that we alleviate stress on hospitals, emergency services, and nursing homes.”
“At this time many social service, medical, and nutritional programs are facing cuts to funding and as we decide how the state will fill those gaps it is important to remember the benefits of these programs,” said Zuckerman. He continued, “Many Meals on Wheels organizations can feed one person for a whole year on less than it costs to spend one day in the hospital.”
“Demand for our service is rising,” said Rita Copeland, “and we are doing our best to meet it with community volunteers and donations. “Our Meals on Wheels drivers provide not only nutritional meals to the seniors but also a safety check and a friendly visit, enabling seniors to remain healthier, independent, and at home,” she concluded.